Last week, we had such a fun time learning about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where He would eventually die on the cross, taking the punishment for our sins. The beautiful thing about this story though is that Jesus didn’t stay dead. Friday came, He was nailed to the cross and then buried in the tomb, but then, Sunday came. Easter Sunday came and God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice, so He raised Him from the dead to reign over everything! Everything happened just as God had said it would happen in the Old Testament and just as Jesus had said in the New Testament! We serve a God who always keeps His promises!
This week in Kids City, we got to see this promise come to life by acting out the story! We witnessed Jesus (played by Mr. Jimmy) being put on trial, His death on the cross, His burial in the tomb (we used the small weight room in our big group worship room, with our TV cart acting as the stone rolled in front of the tomb), and we even got to see the empty tomb! It was so neat being able to act out the story and think about what it must’ve felt like to be Mary and Mary when they discovered the empty tomb.
Our key verse helps remind us why we celebrate Easter. Our key verse for this unit is Luke 24:5-6, which says, “‘Why are you looking for the living among the dead?’ asked the men. ‘He is not here, but He has been resurrected!’”
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
The Big Picture Question is a great way to review the Bible story and unit with your children. Our Big Picture Question for this unit is: Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.
The Main Point of each lesson helps us to remember the Bible story easily. These short statements are easy to remember with the hope that your children will share it with their friends throughout the week. Share with your children that this week’s main point is Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive.
This week’s Bible story comes from Matthew 26:36-28:10; John 18:1-20:18. This story can be found on page 256 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Here’s a quick summary of the story to use with the Bible reading.
Jesus came with His disciples to Gethsemane. He prayed, “Father! If it is possible, take this suffering away from Me. But only if it is part of Your plan.” Suddenly Judas arrived with a large crowd. Judas kissed Jesus so the crowd would know who Jesus was. The crowd grabbed Jesus and arrested Him. While this was happening, Jesus’ followers ran away.
Jesus was led to the high priest. The high priest asked, “Are you the Messiah?” Jesus replied, “Yes, that’s right.” The high priest said, “Ah ha! He has spoken against God. He deserves to die!”
They led Jesus to Pilate, the governor. “Are you the King of the Jews?” Pilate asked. “Yes, that’s right,” Jesus replied. “What should I do with Jesus?” Pilate asked the crowd. “Crucify Him!” they answered. Pilate did not think Jesus had done anything wrong, but he handed Jesus over.
The soldiers put a scarlet robe and a crown of thorns on Jesus. Then they mocked Him, “Here is the King of the Jews!” The soldiers nailed Jesus to a cross. They put a sign above His head that said: THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Darkness covered the land. Then Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Jesus shouted again and then He died.
Jesus was buried in a tomb. A stone was rolled in front of the tomb to seal it and Pilate’s soldiers guarded the tomb so that no one would steal Jesus’ body.
On the third day, two of Jesus’ friends, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, went to the tomb. Suddenly, there was an earthquake and an angel of the Lord rolled back the stone. The angel spoke to the women, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, but He is not here. He has been resurrected, just like He said He would.”
The women hurried to tell the disciples the good news. Just then, Jesus met them! “Good morning!” He said. The women worshiped Him. “Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told them. “Go tell my disciples to meet Me in Galilee. They will see Me there.”
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What did Jesus’ followers do when He was arrested? (ran away)
- What was the crown made of that the soldiers put on Jesus’ head? (thorns)
- What did the angel tell the two women? (Jesus had been raised from the dead like He said He would)
- What did Jesus tell the two women to do? (tell His friends to meet Him in Galilee)
- Where did Jesus pray? (Gethsemane)
- Who brought the crowd to arrest Jesus? (Judas)
- Why did the high priest say Jesus deserved to die? (he claimed that Jesus spoke against God)
- What did the soldiers put on Jesus? (a scarlet robe and a crown of thorns)
- What sealed Jesus’ tomb? (a stone)
- When did the two Mary’s go to the tomb? (on the third day)
- What did the angel tell the women? (Jesus was not there – He had been resurrected)
- Who saves us from our sin? (Only Jesus saves us from our sin.)
God loves when we worship Him and it’s so important for kids to see their parents worship. Now is a great time to worship together as a family. You can sing a personal favorite or you can use this lyrics video to sing Power of the Cross.
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
The most important thing that ever happened is that Jesus died and was raised from the dead. Jesus never did anything wrong, but He was punished because we sinned. God forgives us for sin because Jesus died for us. God raised Jesus from the dead to be King over everything.
The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. We are forgiven only through Jesus (Acts 4:12).
Pray and thank God for sending His son, Jesus, to die in our place for our sins. Thank Him for raising Jesus from the dead. Thank Him for loving us so much everyday, even though we sin everyday. Praise Him because we are not worthy of His love. Ask God to change our hearts to love Him more.